Pain Fellowship

The UA Pain Fellowship is an ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Management consists of a 12-month period of training in which the fellow will participate in patient care on the outpatient pain management services. The fellow will become skilled in the evaluation and treatment of chronic and cancer pain. The opportunity exists to learn how to organize and establish pain management services. The Outpatient Pain Management Facility is a multi-disciplinary clinic, which includes anesthesiologists on staff. Fellows get to work in close collaboration with neurologist, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrist, and psychiatrist.

Modalities utilized in the treatment of pain include pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventional pain methods. Fellows get adequate exposure to fluoroscopic guided interventional pain management techniques, including somatic blocks, sympathetic blocks, neurolytic blocks, radiofrequency ablation procedure; spinal cord stimulator trials and implants.

The fellows are afforded the opportunity to take part in ongoing research projects and are encouraged to develop independent projects. After completing the fellowship, individuals are eligible to take the examination for the certification in Pain Management offered by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

2024 Academic Year:

The Pain Medicine fellowship program at the University of Arizona participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must apply through the ERAS system. Please provide:

  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • Official Transcript from medical school
  • Official Transcripts of USMLE/NBME scores
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation; 1 letter should be from the Chronic Pain Program Director, if you do not have a Chronic Pain Division we would need an Residency Program Director letter.
  • Official licensure verification from currently licensing state
  • Written explanation of any gaps in training, greater than one month, since graduation from medical school

Note: Prior to matriculation, all fellows will be required to provide a certificate of completion from an ACGME-accredited residency.

We will be scheduling interviews May and June of 2023.  Please submit your application by March 31, 2023.  If you have a conflict and cannot provide your application by the above date, please contact Paulina Pastrana for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Paulina Pastrana
(520) 626-9700

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many positions is the program approved for per academic year?
A: The program is ACGME approved for 4 fellowship positions per academic year.  

Q: When does the academic year begin for the fellowship?
A: July 1st.

Q: Does the program accept applicants from different specialties?
A: Yes, the program does accept applications from all specialties.

Q: Does the program require that applicants have completed an ACGME accredited residency program?
A: Applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME accredited program or be in training and in good standing in an ACGME accredited program.

Q:Do you sponsor H1B Visa?
A: We do not sponsor H1B Visas.